CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Study Session ‘Confessing Church today – combating right wing populism as Christians’

February 20th, 2020 11:18 am

For the last decade, right-wing populism has been gaining visibility all around Europe and the existence and relevance of this can no longer be denied. It is already part of the institutional bodies in many European countries. Our lives are affected by right wing populism, daily discussions about this phenomenon are omnipresent, and literally every topic can be considered as a potential object of populist speculation.

But do we actually know what we are discussing? Do we actively seek ways to interact with it and take the discussion to a higher level? Does our Christian identity influence our perception and how? Are we ready to challenge right-wing populism?

Probably not yet, but we, at WSCF-Europe and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe, are ready to accept the challenge with you and work on innovative approaches.


The aim of this Study Session is to empower young Europeans …

… to understand the idea behind, and the methods used by supporters of, right-wing populism;

… to interact with this concept from an individual and church perspective;

… to learn from each other; and

… to grow to act as multipliers.


During the training we will …

… get to know different realities from all across Europe;

… discover new ways to address this issue;

… explore the Christian perspective on right wing populism;

… gain insights from a local organization active in the field;

… use innovative and informal methods when speaking about difficult topics; and

… prepare each other for taking the discussion to our individual backgrounds.


You should apply if …

… you are eager to gain an understanding of what right-wing populism is;

… you are keen to work with an international group on ways to challenge yourself;

… you are ready to share your experience and learn from each other;

… you are curious about how to make a difference; and

… you are between 18-35 years old.


The meeting …

… is held by WSCF and the Council of Europe Youth Department.

… will take place in Online***, between 14-18 June 2021.

… requires from you attendance at least 90% of the sessions.

To apply, you will need to fill-in the application form available here. The application deadline is 19th May 2021 (extended).

For any questions please contact .


***UPDATE 10/04/2021: Even though we were extremely excited to welcome you all to Budapest, for our Study Session with the support of the Council of Europe, the health and safety of all participants remains our highest priority. Unfortunately, as the situation in Europe – and especially in our host country, Hungary – continues to be worrying at best, we have come to the decision to move the Study Session online. Applications are still open throughout April and we hope you will consider joining us in June. We promise to do our best to recreate the event as we originally imagined it.


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